For nearly 130 years, Children’s Memorial Hospital has provided brilliant pediatric care to the children of Chicago, Illinois, and the world. A bit of history from the hospital website
Children’s Memorial was founded in 1882 by Julia Foster Porter near the site of the present hospital in an eight-room cottage. Mrs. Porter established the hospital in memory of her 13-year-old son, Maurice, who died of acute rheumatism. Children’s Memorial was the first hospital in Chicago dedicated solely to the care of children, at a time when the field of pediatric medicine did not even exist.
The hospital will celebrate its 130th
anniversary by opening a state-of-the-art facility
in the Streeterville
neighborhood of Chicago. The adjacency of the Prentice Women’s Hospital will mean that women like me will not need to be separated from their sick children. Instead of a three-mile distance that I was unable to cross while I convalesced from a c-section, I would be able to visit my infant in the PICU
in a wheelchair rolled across a bridge connecting the two hospitals.
An even greater impact, especially for children like Charlotte, will be the ease of collaboration between pediatric and adult specialists at Children’s and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. These collaborations occur today, of course. But, now, researchers and physicians will be on the same campus, facilitating even greater and faster collaborations.
As I’ve heard Pat Magoon, Children’s visionary CEO, say, we are in an age of beautiful problems–children with heart defects, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, and other historically mortal health problems are living into adulthood. But, they are still treated by pediatric specialists since adult doctors have never dealt with their problems. (We saw a 30-something-year old in the PICU for a heart surgery in 2005.) The new Lurie Children’s Hospital will begin to bridge that gap.
One of my colleagues on the Children’s Service Board
, Holly Duran, has said for years that Children’s offers 5-star healthcare
in a 2-star building in Lincoln Park. The new hospital will put children, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare
workers in the building they deserve. It will allow for better care, better recruiting of top doctors, and better access for all children.
Children’s Memorial may be located in Chicago. But, it is a world-class medical institution that treats children from all over. In 2011, the hospital treated more than 148,000 children representing every state in the nation and 33 countries. The Lurie Children’s Hospital will have more beds and be able to treat even more children.
As this season of joy, generosity, and cheer draws to an end, I would like to ask you, the followers of Charlotte’s Journey Home, to join us as we continue to help make the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
a reality. We hope to raise at least
$1,000 in the name of Team Charlotte and earn her name on a tile mosaic in the hospital lobby. No amount is too small, and of course, no amount is too large. Follow this link
(and make sure you land on a page that says “Team Charlotte” at the top).
Alternatively, follow this link and choose “Support a Fundraiser” in the left-hand nav. Then choose the radio button for “Search for a Team” and type in Team Charlotte. Click on the link for the team and choose “Support Team Charlotte” from the right-hand nav.
From our very grateful family to yours, best wishes for a healthy 2012.